Adelaide Lamont

From Rothesay, Scotland, to Australia

in 1863

 

The 5th Child (of 6)

of

Peter & Elizabeth [nee Stewart] Lamont

 

Adelaide LAMONT was the second-last (5th) child of Peter LAMONT and his wife Elizabeth STEWART. She was born in Rothesay, Buteshire, Scotland, on 24 Jul 1840, and she was baptised twice there in 1842. Peter & Elizabeth are known to have died some time between Census Day in Scotland in 1841, and Census Day in 1851, but the dates and circumstances of their deaths have not apparently been recorded anywhere. The implication of two baptismal records for Adelaide - once in the Free Church in Rothesay, and once in the established church there, suggests that both of her parents had died by the time her baptismal ceremony was completed, However, no distinct trace of any form of death record has been found. A younger sibling named Elizabeth was born on the 25th of June, 1842, so it seems apparent that Elizabeth was still alive at that time (did she perhaps die in childbirth?).

Adelaide had several older and one younger siblings, and she and 3 of her siblings were living with Euphemia McLACHLAN in Kilfinan, Argylshire, when enumerated during Scotland's 1851 census. Adelaide and her siblings were said to be 'nieces' and 'nephew's of Euphemia, but the exact nature of her relationship to the children is not presently known. It's presumed, though, that Euphemia's maiden surname was Lamont, and that she may have been a [younger ?] sister of Peter Lamont.

In 1863, when she was about 22 years of age, Adelaide Lamont was one of several hundred poor young women - primarily destitute servant girls, who were encouraged with free passage to sail to Australia. The young women sailed from Plymouth on board the Maori, and arrived at Melbourne on 26 Jun 1863.

Adelaide was apparently destined for a place in Victoria, and a short while after arriving, and settling in where she was employed, she met and married a Chinese man who had been living there for several years.

Adelaide Lamont and Willie Ah KIN had a fairly large family, and their descendants can be found today throughout parts of south-eastern Australia and in New Zealand.

Contact Bruce D. Murduck   concerning any matter at all.